6th Annual Healthcare Symposium


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Larry Shapiro

W.H. and Marie Wattis Distinguished Professor and Chairman,
Department of Pediatrics, UCSF School of Medicine

Saturday, January 26, 2002 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Covel Commons, Sunset Village

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Gerald Levey, M.D.,

Provost, Medical Sciences and Dean,
UCLA School of Medicine

Dr. Gerald S. Levey, a nationally recognized leader in both academic medicine and private sector medical affairs, was Provost, Medical Sciences and Dean of the UCLA School of Medicine. As Provost of Medical Sciences at UCLA, he oversaw a diverse medical enterprise including the School of Medicine, UCLA Medical Center, and the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital. Dr. Levey, a specialist in internal medicine, has a particular interest in issues of the nation's physician supply and the role of generalist physicians, and serves as co-chair of the National Study of Internal Medicine Manpower. He is a past president of the Association of Professors of Medicine and was a member of the Board of Governors of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Widely known for his research on the thyroid gland, Dr. Levey was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator while at the University of Miami in the 1970s. He has also served as as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Levey joined UCLA in September 1994, having previously served as senior vice president for medical and scientific affairs at Merck & Co., one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. He has held major leadership position throughout his career, including serving as chair of the department of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is a member of the medical honorary society Alpha Omega Alpha, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he received his MD in 1961.

Larry Shapiro M.D.,

W.H. and Marie Wattis Distinguished Professor and Chairman,
Department of Pediatrics
UCSF School of Medicine

Larry Shapiro received his BA and MD degrees from Washington University. He undertook Pediatric Residency training at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Following fellowship training in Human Genetics in the Laboratory of Elizabeth Neufeld at the National Institutes of Health , he joined the faculty at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1975. He was a member of the Department of Pediatrics and the Division of Medical Genetics at the Harbor/UCLA Medical Center and at the time of his departure, he was Professor of Pediatrics and Biological Chemistry and an Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 1991 he moved to San Francisco and currently holds the position of the W.H. and Marie Wattis Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF and is Chief of Clinical Services at UCSF Children’s Hospital. His research interests have included human molecular genetics and inborn errors of metabolism, specifically, lysosomal storage disorders and abnormalities of steroid metabolism. He has also been deeply involved in studying the structure and function of the mammalian sex chromosome with particular focus on mechanisms of sex determination and x chromosome inactivation. He has received a Basil O’Conner Research Award from the March of Dimes and Research Career Development Award from NIG as well as ongoing research support from both organizations.

Panel Discussion:

Timothy P. Blanchard JD,

McDermott, Will & Emery Law Offices

Timothy P. Blanchard is a partner in the Los Angeles office of McDermott, Will & Emery. His practice focuses on health care regulatory issues, including fraud and abuse advice and defense; development and implementation of health care compliance programs; Medicare, Medicaid and CHAMPUS billing and payment audits and investigations; licensing, certification, and accreditation issues; quality assurance and utilization review; special problems of academic medical centers; and managed care.

Mr. Blanchard frequently speaks and writes on health care regulatory issues. He is the author of Medicare and Medicaid False Claims: Legal Complexities and Developing Issues (AHLA Legal Analysis Plus: A+ Monograph Series), a monograph addressing health care false claims. He has also written two leading articles addressing Medicare medical necessity policy: "Medical Necessity" Denials As a Medicare Part B Cost-Containment Strategy: Two Wrongs Don't Make it Right or Rational, 34 St. Louis U.L.J. 939 (1990) and Medicare Medical Necessity Determinations Revisited: Abuse of Discretion and Abuse of Process in the War Against Medicare Fraud and Abuse, 43 St. Louis U. L.J. 91 (1999).

Mr. Blanchard has been a speaker on developing and implementing health care compliance programs for the American College of Healthcare Executives since 1998. Mr. Blanchard is a member of the Editorial Board of CCH Compliance and contributes the chapter entitled "False Claims, False Claims Act and Civil Money Penalties Law" to the CCH Healthcare Compliance Guide.

Mr. Blanchard is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association and chaired the AHLA Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Committee (1996-1998). Mr. Blanchard is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, as well as an HFMA Certified Healthcare Financial Professional. He is also a member of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Blanchard is admitted to practice in the State of California, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, the U.S. District Courts in California, and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He received the Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law and the Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Saint Louis University, both in 1986. He was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Oklahoma State University in 1982.

Michelle Fox, M.S., C.G.C.,

Coordinator of UCLA Genetics Clinic

Michelle Fox received her BA at Case Western University and an MS from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She currently holds the position as the coordinator of the genetics clinic at UCLA CHS department of Pediatrics division of Medical Genetics. Her memberships include the American Board of Genetic Counselors, American College of Medical Genetics, American Society of Human Genetics, and the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She has served on numerous professional committees including, the Human Genome Project Study Section, “Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Applications” in 1991, and the Nominating Committee for the American Board of Genetic Counseling, 1994-1995. She presently serves on the California State University Genetics Counseling Program, advisory board as well as the program accreditation committee of the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Michelle Fox has been a lecturer for the UCLA School of Medicine Genetics Course and for the Loyola School of Law “Ethical Issues in Genetic Diagnosis and Counseling”. Michelle Fox also has numerous publications on genetic counseling and ethical dilemmas in genetic testing.

Robert Goldberg M.D., Ph.D.,

Professor of Molecular Genetics, UCLA

Bob Goldberg is a plant molecular biologist who specializes in the area of plant gene expression. The goal of his research has been to understand how plant cells differentiate and how genes are activated selectively in specialized cell types during plant development. Professor Goldberg's research has provided a conceptual foundation for the processes that regulate gene expression in higher plants. In collaboration with scientists at Plant Genetic Systems, N.V. in Gent, Belgium, he utilized genes identified in his laboratory to develop a novel system to genetically engineer for male fertility control in crop plants. This system was used to develop new hybrid varieties of canola plants that are in commercial production and have significantly increased yields of oil. Professor Goldberg received a B.S. in Botany at Ohio University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Genetics from The University of Arizona. Professor Goldberg was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology and joined the UCLA faculty in 1976. Professor Goldberg's research has been supported continuously for the last 25 years by the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, and by several biotechnology companies. Professor Goldberg has served twice as Director of the Plant Genetics Program at the USDA, has been on the Editorial Boards of many internationally recognized journals such as Science, and was the Founding Editor and Editor-In-Chief of The Plant Cell, the leading journal in the area of plant molecular biology. He has been the organizer of many major international plant molecular biology meetings over the past decade, is a Co-Founder and Board Member of Ceres. Inc., a new Malibu-based Plant Genomics Company, and is the Director of The Seed Institute - an intercampus "institute without walls" within the University of California dedicated to unraveling the processes that control seed development.

Professor Goldberg has given hundreds of lectures on his research world-wide, and has received several awards recognizing his research accomplishments and his contributions to the field of plant molecular biology. In honor of these accomplishments, Professor Goldberg was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the National Order for Scientific Merit from the President of Brazil, was listed as making one of the "top 15" Discoveries in UCLA's 75-year history, and was named as a UCLA Faculty Research Lecturer by the Academic Senate. Professor Goldberg is highly committed to undergraduate and graduate education and is an "expert" in making science "come alive." Professor Goldberg has received Distinguished Teaching Awards from the Biology Department and the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and has been awarded the Luckmann Distinguished Teaching Award from the Academic Senate and the Alumni Foundation. In addition, Professor Goldberg was awarded the Gold Shield Prize for Excellence in Research and Undergraduate Education by the Academic Senate and the UCLA Gold Shield Alumni Organization. Recently, Professor Goldberg was named as one of the "top 20" Professors in UCLA's 75-year history.

William McBride, D.Sc.,

Professor of Radiation Oncology, UCLA

Dr. McBride is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UCLA. He is also the Director of the Roy E. Coats Research Laboratories in the Division of Experimental Radiation Oncology. He received his Ph.D. in medical sciences in 1971 and a D.Sc. in 1987, both from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His research interests are in modulation of cancer response to radiation therapy and immunotherapy, and he has published over 200 scientific papers on radiation oncology.

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


Gerald Levey, MD, Provost, Medical Sciences, and Dean, UCLA School of Medicine

9:15 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Keynote Address

"Genetics, Genomics, and Geneconomics: Impacts of New Technology and Economic Forces on Health Care"

Larry Shapiro, M.D. W.H. and Marie Wattis Distinguished Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, UCSF School of Medicine

10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Introduction to Panel

Gerald S. Levey, M.D.,Provost, Medical Sciences and Dean, UCLA School of Medicine

10:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Gerald Levey, M.D.

Timothy P. Blanchard JD
Michelle Fox, M.S. C.G.C.
Robert Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D.
William McBride D.Sc.

12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Concluding Remarks
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

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The Directors for the Health Care Symposium are second year UCLA medical students. Every year we decide upon an issue in health care that interests us. With the help of our board of advisors we hold a forum designed to to educate and to promote interest, awareness, and debate about the particular issue in health care.

Mina Bak

Speaker Director

Mina Bak graduated with a BA in Economics and a minor in Human Biology from Stanford University in 1999. Following graduation, she spent a year working as a senior business analyst at a health care management consulting firm, As a future physician, she has her heart set on helping take care of patients in the pediatrics field. As for her free time, she loves reading, watching corny flicks, craft projects, playing with kids, acting like a kid, exploring, adventuring, and laughing.


Angela Chang

Logistics I Director

Angela received a B.A. in Music and a B.S. in Physiological Science from UCLA in June 2000.   Currently, she enjoys her research work with the UCLA Gonda Vascular Center and her experience as a mentor to high school students.  In her spare time, she loves swimming, performing the piano, teaching music, and watching movies.  In the future, Angela hopes to pursue a career in academic medicine.  


Thanh Huynh

Publicity Director

Thanh was born in Vietnam and has lived in Southern California all her life. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Biological Sciences in June, 2000. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, drawing, painting, shopping, and taking long walks. Her interests in Medicine lie in Neurology and she is considering pursuing a career in academic medicine.


Marian Makar

Logistics I Director

Marian graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Biology. She hopes to practice family medicine and to be involved with international health missions.


Jennifer Mercado

Logistics II Director

Jennifer Graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BS in Microbiology and a BA in Ethnic Studies, as well as a minor in Health Care and Social Issues. She has interest in pursuing a MPH in community medicine or public health policy. She hopes to practice family medicine or cardiology. She enjoys dancing, reading, and spending time with her family.


Isaac Yang

Financial Director

Isaac Yang graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in molecular and cell biology and social welfare. He enjoys basketball, golfing, sailing, and surfing. He also enjoys teaching as both a Kaplan instructor, MSP teacher, and a TA at the UCLA undergraduate campus. His medical interests surround his passion for brain tumor research with novel immunotherapies.

Bruce Chernoff, M.D.
Medical Director, Health Net
Associate Clinical Professor
UCLA School of Medicine

Katrina Dipple, M.D.
Clinical Professor Pediatrics, UCLA SOM

James Economou, M.D.
Clinical Professor Surgery, UCLA SOM

Michael Karpf, M.D.
Vice Provost, Hospital Systems
Director, UCLA Medical Center

Edward McCabe, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair,
UCLA Department of Pediatrics

Neil H. Parker, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
and Graduate Medical Education
UCLA School of Medicine

Leena Peltonen, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
UCLA Department of Human Genetics

Le Rothenberg, JD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Medical Genetics
and Program Director in Medical Ethics, UCLA

James Terwilliger, MS, MPH
Vice Provost, Administration
UCLA School of Medicine

LuAnn Wilkerson, EdD
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
UCLA SChool of Medicine Director
Center for Educational Development and Research